Lost Signal? How Environmental Factors Affect Cell Phone Signal

Lost signal? Can’t find the signal for the trees? Dealing with shoddy cell signal is a common problem for many of us today, but if you watch any 80’s film where the rich guy has a brick cellphone, the implication back then was clear- cell phones were flashy tools of the rich. Flash forward to today, and even elementary school students have them. Cell phones have become the choice of communication for the masses, with all sorts of varieties available for every corner of the market. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always mean everyone has the same kind of access to a good cellular signal. Fortunately, HiBoost signal boosters are here to level the playing field and rescue you from the purgatory of call drops, bad connections, and the worst case scenario- the dreaded dead zone.

Bad Cell Phone Reception Can Happen to Anyone

The first thing you should know is that it isn’t your fault, and surprisingly enough, it’s probably not your service providers either. Cell phone towers are expensive for cell companies to maintain and can get damaged by the elements, but it’s pretty likely that even if your carrier is great and the tower is in good repair, other things are obstructing your signal that you may never have considered. Here we explore the lineup of usual and unusual suspects when it comes to bad reception.

The Lay of the Land is a Major Factor

No signal here, just scenery.

First and foremost is simple geography. Cell signals depend on radio waves, and chances are if you have difficulty with local radio or TV reception, your cell signal will suffer as well. Anything and everything from bridges, buildings, towers, trees, hills, or mountains will obviously mess up your signal. A heavily wooded lot looks great on a real estate listing but is less than ideal when it comes to good cell reception. A good bottom line is that if your local topography is up and down, your cell service will be as well.

Building Materials Interfere with Signal

Next is your building’s materials. Consider metal and concrete the kryptonite to your cell signal, and that’s not all. Almost any building material worthy of note is going to cause interference. A recent culprit is a special type of green-efficient glass meant to reflect light; it also impedes radio waves. All the same properties that make your abode or business building sturdy and safe from the elements are going to create issues with your reception, and unfortunately for most of us, that includes the transportation we use to get to and from these buildings. And you can forget having a clear signal when running errands. Seriously though, have you ever tried to call your significant other to ask what that one last important item was on the grocery list? If you noticed that they never get the text until right after you left the store you’ll know exactly how much the seemingly simple problem of diminished cell service is affecting your life. While that may count as a qualifier for #firstworldproblems, it’s just one example out of many of how disrupted cell service makes a modern inconvenience out of something that’s supposed to make our lives better and more efficient.

Weather Is Important to Cell Phone Signal

Weather does crazy stuff like this….and impeding your cell signal.

Complicating everything else is the weather. So not only is that storm kicking up something that’s driving your allergies nuts or that fog wreaking havoc on your morning commute, the vapor from all that moisture is also interfering with your cell service. As if this wasn’t enough, solar flare activity from our sun can also throw another monkey wrench in the works. This problem is actually severe enough that even NASA keeps track of it. According to NASA’s website, the resultant disruption in the electromagnetic field caused by solar flares builds up into an event called a solar maximum which cycles every eleven years, most recently in 2015.

HiBoost Signal Boosters Boost Your Signal

Lots of things contribute to a bad signal. Your poor signal can be caused by several environmental factors, mainly: physical environment and mother nature, the nature of the building materials you’re surrounded by, and the weather. Even space weather affects your signal! And while the problems caused by solar maximums and solar flares are a little bit beyond our control (for the moment), modern technological advancements in signal boosters like the ones provided by HiBoost can help with the rest. So if you’re tired of bad cell signal and want a solution, check out our products here.

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